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Awards & Scholarships

2006 Bryden Award Winners

Each year, York celebrates alumni who attained extraordinary achievements and made remarkable contributions to York and to their communities.

The '06 Bryden Alumni Award recipients are:

Pinnacle Achievement Chantal Hébert (BA '76)
Outstanding Contribution Aidan P. Flatley (BA '78)
Local Hero John Lennox (BA '67)
Redefine the Possible Chandra Siddan (BEd '03)
The One-to-Watch Andrew Craig (BFA '93)

The history of the Bryden Awards

Past Recipients


Pinnacle Achievement

A graduate who has achieved true distinction in their field and whose integrity and ability inspires alumni, faculty, staff and students.

Chantal Hébert (BA '76) is a national affairs writer with the Toronto Star as well as a guest columnist for Le Devoir. She is a weekly participant on the political panel "At Issue" on the CBC's "The National", and a regular participant in various other television and radio current affairs programs in French and English.

Chantal has been a journalist since 1975. She started her career in Toronto as a reporter for the regional newsroom of Radio-Canada before moving on to Parliament Hill for Radio-Canada radio. She has served as bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse, and her columns have appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post and the London Free Press.

Chantal is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto. She is a recipient of two Asia-Pacific media fellowship (Malaysia and Japan), the 2005 recipient of the APEX Public Service Award, and the 2006 recipient of the Hy Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy. She earned a BA from York in 1976.


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Outstanding Contribution

Dedication to the advancement of the University through exceptional service, commitment, and contributions.

Aidan P. Flatley (BA '78) is the President and CEO of Kenaidan Contracting Limited which he co-founded with fellow York University student,(the late) Ken Smith, in 1973. Kenaidan is a general contracting company with offices across Canada, the U.S. and a recently opened office in Ireland.

Over the years, Kenaidan Contracting Ltd./Kenaidan Group Ltd. has been responsible for many construction projects at York University. The company built the University's Honour Court and Information Centre and was the structural concrete contractor for the Schulich School of Business.

Aidan is the former Chair of Ontario General Contractors. He is a York alumnus (B.A. Economics) and a former player on the York University Varsity Hockey team.


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Local Hero

A York alumnus and employee of the University who has gone beyond the call of duty

John Lennox (BA '67) first joined York 1969, and has made remarkable contributions to York as a faculty member, scholar, academic administrator, advisor, and ambassador for the University.

Currently a member of the English department, John began life at York as a freshman in 1963, along with his future wife Jane Rooke. He earned an MA from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1969 and returned to join York's Department of English. He took a leave from York to earn his PhD at the University of New Brunswick, which he completed in 1976. He is an accomplished specialist in Canadian literature, and in 2000, he was the recipient of the Governor-General's International Award for Canadian Studies.

During his career, John has held many positions, including founding Director of the Robarts Centre, and Dean of Graduate Studies. Outside of York, he held presidential positions in prominent organizations such as the International Council for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. He was also Academic Convenor for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, held at York in 2006.


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Redefine the Possible

For leadership and successes which are innovative, unconventional and daring, embodying York's trailblazing motto "Redefine the Possible"

Chandra Siddan (BEd '03) is a filmmaker, videographer and the director of the Regent Park Film Festival, which she founded in 2003 with the support and encouragement of her York professors.

She grew up in Bangalore, India where she completed an MA in English Literature at Bangalore University, and an M.Phil, which she earned after winning a national level University Grants Commission fellowship. She also studied Media at the New School for Social Research in New York City in the early 1990s, where she made her first short film Moving.

Chandra's other films include the short The Gift, which she directed while living in Germany, and the documentary Williamsburg Experiment, which examines the relationship between art, money and value. Her latest work is the documentary Remembrance of Things Present, which investigates her arranged marriage at the age of 12, and the current context of the status of women in India.

Chandra also taught at the secondary and post secondary school levels in India, and worked as a writer and editor for the New York-based weekly, Asia Observer. She immigrated to Canada in 2000, and earned a BEd from York in 2003.


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The One to Watch

For remarkable professional and community accomplishments early in his or her career.

Andrew Craig (BFA '93) is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer, director, composer, broadcaster and impresario. He works in multiple musical genres, and collaborates with artists in other disciplines. He creates with the likes of Molly Johnson, Ashley MacIsaac, Soulpepper Theatre, Djanet Sears, and Wynton Marsalis. Andrew musical directed a tribute to Quincy Jones, and performed twice for Nelson Mandela. He was a nominee for "Pianist/Keyboardist of the Year" in the 2006 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards.

Andrew is currently the host of CBC Radio's "In Performance". He has served on the Toronto Arts Council, and is an Advisor to York's Faculty of Fine Arts. He graduated with a BFA from York in 1993.


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Bryden Awards History

These awards are inspired by Bruce Bryden (BA ’64), who was an exceptionally committed and influential leader at York. He was a member of our first undergrad class and held several prestigious positions, including founding president of the York University Alumni Association and member of the Board of Governors. It is for his vision and exemplary leadership that we named these awards after him.